Santa Fe Railroad Ads: “Main Line to Progress” — 1955
by Paula Bosse
Magnolia Petroleum Co. ad (detail), 1955
by Paula Bosse
In the previous post, “White Rock Station,” I wrote about the opening of a new passenger depot that had been built to serve suburban travelers along the new stretch of Santa Fe track laid between Dallas and Denton in 1955, opening up direct through-travel to Chicago. This was big news, and as was the charming custom back then, when a new business endeavor opened or expanded, other businesses (often direct competitors) placed ads in the local papers to welcome them and wish them well.
Here are a few of the ads that appeared in December, 1955 to promote/congratulate the new line. I’ve chosen these details of ads because they feature illustrations of the city’s skyline — I always love to see the Dallas skyline in ads, but I particularly like the style of commercial art from this period.
At the top is a detail from an ad placed by the Magnolia Petroleum Company, with the tag-line “Main Line to Progress.”
Next, a cool detail from a Hutchings-Sealy National Bank of Galveston advertisement.
And, lastly, a detail from a large double-page Santa Fe Railroad ad.
Sources & Notes
The previous Flashback Dallas post on this new Santa Fe line and its two new depots in Dallas and Denton can be found here.
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I have not found one good railroad book yet on the roads too Dallas, and the Santa Fe was a a good train …yu would think someone has, but few cant a recent came out on the H.T and C and it was another boring acount of how the railroad came too Dallas in 1872. lets call it antother poor legacey too read, boring, railroads were exciting…not so serious….ok good report…and great story…..